This year’s theme “Wetlands for a sustainable urban future”, aims to raise awareness on the rapidly increasing world’s urban population (the number of mega-cities with more than ten million inhabitants is estimated to jump from 31 to 41 by 2030), and highlight how this growth spurt can be an opportunity to integrate wetlands into urban planning.
Urban wetlands make cities liveable in many important ways. They reduce flooding, are a source of drinking water, filter waste, provide urban green spaces, and are an important livelihood; they are instrumental in a cities’ sustainable development and should therefore be integrated into their future planning and development.
As an example of the above, WWT Consulting has been working on a Wetland Management Strategy for Colombo Metro urban wetlands, which has confirmed the importance of these urban wetlands for reducing flood damage and treating water pollution. Today, we’re at Diyasaru Park in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, for a World Wetlands Day event where we’re working with the community to restore the city’s remaining wetlands.
Closer to home, we’ve been working with our parent company, WWT, on the Transforming Slough project. Over the next few years, WWT will be working with people and community organisations in Slough who are keen to improve the Salt Hill stream and its surroundings to create a cleaner, healthier watercourse. Together, they will transform the Salt Hill stream so that it’s a better place for wildlife and people. WWT Consulting have created concept designs for consultation for Salt Hill Park to incorporate SuDS and wetland creation and to develop a landscape that is enriched by the natural seasonal fluctuations in water levels. Following research on catchment data, we are now developing detailed designs and construction drawings for the site.
Please follow this link to download materials for your World Wetlands Day celebrations.
Happy World Wetlands Day!